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this is bbc news, i'mjulian worricker. the headlines at 8pm. 10 people have been suspended after accusations of abuse and assaults at an immigration centre run by gas. cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died at the age of 85. kenya's supreme court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, and ordered a new one to be held within 60 days. more than m00 people are left dead after monsoon rains in south asia. the former england football captain wayne rooney, has been charged with drink driving. also in the next hour, more bin misery in birmingham. refuse collectors return to the picket lines as strikes resume after a deal falls apart. he slaughtered the household. the previous week a prostitute, alison sta nton. and, bill nighy is an inspector on the hunt for a victorian serial killer in the limehouse golem.
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hearjames king's take on this, and the rest of the week's cinema releases, in the film review. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the security company gas has suspended nine workers at an immigration removal centre near gatwick airport, for allegedly abusing detainees. and another who now works for the home office — it follows an investigation by the bbc‘s panorama programme, claiming officers "mocked, and assaulted" people. it's claimed there was "widespread self—harm and attempted suicides" at the centre, and that drug use was "rife". gas says it's aware of the allegations and "immediately" began an investigation. those suspended include a female nurse, six detention custody
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officers, and two managers. alison holt has more. brook house immigration removal centre sits a couple of hundred metres from the runway at gatwick airport. it's run by the global security firm gas. here foreign national prisoners facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have overstayed their visas. covert filming by the bbc‘s panorama programme shows a chaotic place awash with drugs. with self harm commonplace among the men held there. there are officers doing their best, but the undercover investigation alleges some staff mock, abuse, or even assault detainees. the incidents picked up by the hidden camera worn by another officer. callum tulley has worked at brook house for two years.
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there is a culture of violence at brook house, when i started working there, i was, i quite quickly became disturbed by what i was seeing and hearing about. it is the latest scandal to hit gas. last year another panorama investigation at medway secure training centre in kent led to allegations of the mistreatment of some teenagers held there. the company says it is waiting to see the brook house footage but has suspended nine staff and put five others on restricted duties. my initial reaction is that i am absolutely disgusted by the alleged behaviour. it is totally unacceptable to me, to the organisation, to anyone else who would work in this kind of vocation. what does that tell you about the culture of brook house and also of gas because culture comes from on high.
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my expectations are very clear, that we care for people, we look after people, on occasions we challenge people, and we do so in a way that is accepted, that is clearly laid down. it's the home office that decides who is detained at centres like brook house. it says it condemns any actions that put the safety or dignity of detainees at risk, adding that gas needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation into the allegations at the centre. the company says it has alerted the police. alison holt, bbc news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at io:a0 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are lynn davidson, whitehall correspondent at the sun and josie cox, business editor at the independent. the former archbishop of westminster, cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, has died. he was 85. martin bashir looks
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back on his life. the almighty god bless you. cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor served as the head of the roman catholic church in england and wales from 2000 until 2009. his theological acumen was recognised early and he served as rector of the english college in rome before becoming bishop of arundel and brighton. and it was in sussex where he faced his greatest public challenge. a local priest, michael hill, had been accused of child sexual abuse. then bishop murphy—o'connor decided to redeploy him as a chaplain at gatwick airport. hill went on to abuse children and was jailed in 1997. cormac murphy—o'connor refused to resign but described his management of hill as a grave mistake. out of that terrible case came his decision to ask lord nolan to help him rethink how the catholic church in this country dealt with child abuse issues, to try to avoid such terrible
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things happening again. although he did not engage directly in politics, it was his careful nurturing that led tony blair to convert to catholicism in 2007 after he'd stepped down as prime minister. a year later, cormac murphy—o'connor published a book entitled faith in the nation, in which he argued against the erosion of religious values in public life. it was this assertion that the christian faith must play a role in the public square, that cormac murphy—o'connor had contended for throughout his life. the former archbishop of westminster, cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, who's died, at the age of 85. lets talk to doctor austen ivereigh — a catholic commentator and former spokesman for cormac murphy 0'connor. good evening to you. your thoughts
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this evening. obviously of sadness, we are going to miss him. he was a passionate, jovial, wise man who led the church with great aplomb, great effectiveness, and became a national figure. we will miss him, we'll miss his good humour, his good cheer, and his good humour, his good cheer, and his wisdom. i think he leaves behind many friends, not just in his wisdom. i think he leaves behind many friends, notjust in the catholic church, but in other churches, too, he was a great man of dialogue, great bridgebuilder, there will be very many people who mourn his loss. what you think you changed about the catholic church during the time he was in charge? is great contribution in both dioceses of which he was bishop was to organise people into small groups, his conviction was that faith had to be shared ina conviction was that faith had to be shared in a very intimate way in the modern age, that people need to come together. that insight really drove a lot of his programmes, and i think that will be one of his great
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legacies. another of his legacies is in terms of, i think he held the flame for a certain vision of the church, which is now very much being put forward by pope francis. a vision of a church which is about mercy and compassion. he always felt that message needed to come first and he was delighted in the last yea rs of and he was delighted in the last years of his life to see that put into practice from rome. he was concerned about the fact the country more broadly, he thought, was becoming more secular. he said very early on, he actually made, he used a phrase that suggested christianity had virtually died out. he later wrote back on that. his point was people had lost the ability to talk in faith people had lost the ability to talk infaith in people had lost the ability to talk in faith in the way they used to and the church had to accept that, the church had to communicate by other means, it couldn't rely on a christian culture. he was absolutely right about that. he himself, the way he communicated, he had this great ability to speak very simply
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about very deep things, and i think that's what he felt the church had to do. he was a traditionalist by and large. it's quite hard to label him command some of the big church issues which have divided catholics he was very much, for example, he believed the contraception policy was right and had to be built on, but that the church should be open to ordaining married men. iwould describe him as a moderate reformer, he was great at keeping people together, it was one of his great abilities, the bishops would say they never had a better chairman of their meetings, he could bring people to a consensus. he was in many ways a passionate reformer but a cautious man. he wanted to carry people with him. that was one of his great capacities as leader, to carry people with him. we saw a reference in that film, talking about the case of michael hill. i know the cardinal
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was eventually extremely candid about what he said was a shameful, was the word he used, episode. how much damage do you think it did? because it all broke after he became archbishop of westminster, it was devastating, of course. i think what he did in response to that, he decided to stay and sort it out and name to this commission, which made all the recommendations, which transformed the environment of safeguarding not just transformed the environment of safeguarding notjust for the catholic church, but for other institutions as well. he was a leader in that respect. he came to see he had failed, he came to see particularly when he wrote his memoirs he talked about his failures over michael hill and he'd ended up putting the institution before the welfare of children. he said that's why it's so important to put in place these reforms he put in place because nobody should ever be able to do that again. i think he faced up to do that again. i think he faced up to what he'd done and put in place reforms which have really transformed the environment across
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the western world in many ways. thank you very much indeed for coming on. it's now believed more than ia00 people have been killed, after catastrophic flooding across south asia. this year's monsoon season has been particularly heavy, and in all around ai million people have been affected millions left homeless, with more than 950,000 homes destroyed. flooding first hit bangladesh in the middle of august, submerging roughly a third of the country, moved to nepal and have now reached india, where parts of the country's financial centre, mumbai, are under several feet of water. one of the worst affected areas is the eastern state of bihar — justin rowlatt is there. those least able to cope are the hardest hit by the floods. budhia devi says her life has been ruined. translation: i have lost everything. i had a cow and a goat. they were both killed.
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my house is totally broken and i'm just left sitting here by the side of the road. i have nothing left. i just don't know what to do. the people here are subsistence farmers, some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. the floodwaters have begun to drain back. only to reveal the wreckage of homes and of lives. more than 500 people have died just in this one indian state, 17 million affected, and now there are new concerns — houses, schools, roads — they all need to be rebuilt and then of course there is the danger of disease. filthy water, hot weather, and the lack of basic sanitation can be a deadly combination. people remained in water three days, four days. their homes were submerged in the water.
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they remained in the water but due to waterborne dieases, they were drinking contaminated water, so it's a huge risk. and this is a snapshot from just one tiny part of a catastrophe that is unfolding across much of south asia. the region floods every year, but this is different. exceptional rains have brought devastation right across the foothills of the himalayas, from bangladesh in the east, across india and nepal, all the way to the west coast of india and into pakistan. the death toll from the collapse of a single building in the indian financial capital, mumbai, rose to 33 today. police suspect it was weakened by the torrential rains. and 16 people have died in flash floods in karachi, the largest city in pakistan. eid, one of the holiest dates
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in the muslim calendar, is tomorrow. it is typically one of the busiest periods for the city as families come together for the festival. but the monsoon‘s fury is not spent yet. more rain is forecast across the region. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. the un says nearly forty—thousand refugees from myanmar‘s rohingya minority have entered neighbouring bangladesh in the past week. they've been fleeing weeks of communal violence in rakhine state which, according to military sources, have left more than 350 people dead. both the security forces and rohingya militants have been accused of massacres and of setting villages on fire. david davis says he's determined
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optimist about britain's future outside the european union. his comments come after trade secretary liam fox accused the eu of trying to blackmail britain into a brexit divorce bill is the price for trade talks. the prime minister, showing how it's done. at a meeting with the emperor of japan, a lesson in delicate diplomacy. but it seems her trade secretary hadn't got the memo. speaking injapan, he accused the eu of bullying the uk into agreeing a brexit divorce bill before it will start negotiating any future trade relationship. we can't be blackmailed into paying a price on the first part. we think that we should begin discussions on the final settlement, because that's good for business. the outcome of this week's negotiations in brussels revealed that money remains a key sticking point in the talks. it's clear the uk doesn't feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after departure.
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nobody will pretend it was anything but a tough exchange this week. but i think the british taxpayer would expect nothing less. it's no surprise there is a bit of rough—and—tumble at this stage in the talks. it's significant liam fox didn't repeat the word blackmail when asked exactly what he meant. a moment perhaps when frustration got the better of him. but it's certainly not a phrase you can expect the prime minister to be uttering. fresh from his talks in brussels, the brexit secretary gave a speech to business leaders in washington today. he tried to laugh away his colleague's controversial comments. i never comment... i know what you're doing. i never comment on other ministers‘ views on these things. look, we are in a difficult, tough, complicated negotiation. i have said from the beginning that it will be turbulent. what we're having at the moment is the first ripple. and there will be many more ripples along the way. critics here claim liam fox's talk of blackmail will only
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make matters worse. his language is intensely unhelpful. this is sabre—rattling from a trade secretary who is twiddling his thumbs because he cannot do anything until the trade position of the uk has been resolved with the eu. the prime minister rounded off her trip cheering on the gb wheelchair basketball team. but when it comes to brexit, the government is still searching for some big points and will be hoping for more winning ways to come. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. time for the headlines here on bbc news. ten people have been suspended after accusations of abuse and assault at an immigration centre run by dubai. the former archbishop of westminster has died at the age of 85. for supreme court of kenny has
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annulled the result of last month's presidential election and ordered another one to beat held within 60 days. —— court of kenya. time for a full round—up from the bbc sports centre. its international weekend and three of the home nations are in action. scotla nd of the home nations are in action. scotland need a win against lithuania to keep alive their hopes of making it to the world championships in russia next year. they are currently 2—0 up dexter stuart armstrong. 2—0 for scotland. england expecting an easy win against malta. their first match without wayne rooney as captain because he retired from international football. the score at the moment 0—0 and northern ireland rian action against san marino. wales play austria tomorrow. uefa has opened a formal investigation into paris saintjermaine —— paris saint—germain. psg more than doubled
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the world—record transfer fee when they bought neymar. they could pay almost £160 million for another player. bst has been owned by the state of qatar since 2011. —— psg. kyle edmund is out of the us open having been forced to retire in the fourth set of his third round clash. it had been a great start, he took the opening set 6—3. his opponent struggled to settle into the match but eventually did. some big winners for the canadian helped him level at 1-1. the for the canadian helped him level at 1—1. the next set closer with both players at their best until kyle edmund called out the trainer, suffering with a neck problem. he returned to court but has been struggling and the third seed has gone to the canadian. kyle edmund
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has retired from the us open. no britons left in the draw. we're into the final of the super league between western stormer and southern vipers. the vipers posted a total of 1a5-5 in 20 vipers. the vipers posted a total of 1a5—5 in 20 overs but rachel priest isa 1a5—5 in 20 overs but rachel priest is a fantastic car centric, handing them the advantage into the final stages. storm need 2a runs from 37 balls to win. james anderson is on the verge of history going into england's third and decisive test against the west indies at lord's. he could becomejust against the west indies at lord's. he could become just the third pace bowler in history to take 500 test wickets and needs just three more to make it. he doesn't want the 500 to become a distraction. it would be special but it will mean nothing if we don't win the test match. it was spoken about before the last test. before this series. to be honest, it's a real sideline for me, i want to contribute to england winning test series and test matches, so
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that's what we'll be focused on next week. premiership rugby has kicked off again to the new season, the defending champions exeter chiefs in action at gloucester. the other game sees newcastle falcons hosting worcester. just over half an hour into those games, the latest scores are on the screen. the newly expanded pro 1a competition underway, three games there including one of the new south african representatives, the cheaters from bloemfontein heading to ulster for cheaters from bloemfontein heading to ulsterfor theirfirst cheaters from bloemfontein heading to ulster for their first game. three games in super league's super eight. castleford 2—1 the championship already into the semifinals, everybody else playing for the two remaining semifinal spots. a good day for chris froome, leading his race after crashing yesterday. seventh place on stage 13 means he keeps his 59 seconds lead. looking like it could be a good
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weekend for the mercedes drivers ahead of this weekend's italian grand prix. valtteri bottas was fastest in qualifying followed by team—mate lewis hamilton, a rest of the top two from practice. —— a reverse of the top two from practice. keep up—to—date with all those internationals, world cup qualifiers on the bbc sport website. i'll bring you up to date in the next hour. the supreme court in kenya has overturned the result of the country's presidential election because of irregularities in the way the vote was conducted. the ruling is being seen as a victory for the opposition leader and veteran politician raila 0dinga, who called it a historic day for the people of africa. we've just received this report from anne soy in nairobi. celebrating a new lease of life. veteran politician raila 0dinga gets one more chance to run for president.
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a last—minute decision to challenge the result of the presidential election paid off. the presidential election held on the 8th august 2017 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law, rendering the declared result invalid, null and void. a shocking and rare judgment. outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters. it's now back to the drawing board for presidential candidates. as much as i disagree with it, i respect it. i disagree with it, because, as i have said, millions of kenyans queued, made their choice, and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people. thejudges, however,
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found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the incumbent. the judges did not limit themselves to what happened on election day until the results were announced. rather they looked at the electoral process in totality from voter registry on to civic education as well as the campaigning and procurement of election materials. in a sense this judgment sets a strong precedent for election disputes globally and a high threshold for the conduct of elections. the court directed the electoral commission to organise a fresh election. but the opposition says it has no confidence in the current commission. they have committed criminal acts. most of them actually belong injail. and therefore we are going to ask for prosecution, of all the electoral commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime against the people of kenya. the constitution states a new election must be
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held within 60 days. for now though, opposition supporters across the country are basking in the glory of the court victory. anne soy, bbc news, nairobi. with me now is vincent magombe, director of the african journalist's network. when you heard this earlier what did you think? i was not surprised because recently when they announced the elections i was here at the bbc. and thought the leaders needed to be playing a proactive, positive role, which it seems they did. and now we have this results, which brings in new questions, questions, are the leaders going to get you playing that type of role? because we've seen
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that type of role? because we've seen the reconciliation voice and tone. though i think when he starts saying just a fewjudges are sapping the powers of the people, there is a problem. but 0dinga on the other side needs to tone down his tone and make sure both of them start asking people to accept that new elections are coming and be ready to accept to lose or win. because the fear is there is a history, recent history, of violence in kenyan elections and people do not want a repeat. first of all i have to say that what has happened in kenya today is historical in terms of africa, but also the whole world, it's a president we haven't seen anywhere, so president we haven't seen anywhere, so that's very good. but given what happened before when kenyan people killed each other in thousands, i
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think it's incumbent upon the leaders to drive their people towards a new election, but again i repeat, what i'm seeing now... uhuru saying peace, peace... kenya is very happy with his supporters. perhaps they are happy because they must win at any cost. where does this leave the electoral commission? clearly what they said was right, the supreme what they said was right, the supreme court has said it was not all right. yet they will still be entrusted with organising the next election. i fully support what 0dinga is saying, we don't trust the electoral commission. will the body be formed in time to deal with this? they must, they can have the infrastructure there in terms of the offices and so on. but the chairman at least of the electoral commission should step down and perhaps some of
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the commissioners who are suspected to have committed malpractice. because if you don't, perhaps imagine that he loses again, they won't be able to accept it. assuming that happens, whoever loses next time round, as you pointed out, as to a cce pt time round, as you pointed out, as to accept it. i come from uganda, just next door, we have a very big deficit of democracy, now, regarding the elections, using force and so on, we can't do much about it. the kenyans have a duty to show the rest of africa that they can do better. the key is we should have a new electoral group to organise the elections. but the leaders, whether 0dinga or uhuru, must be ready to either lose or win and accept the verdict of what comes. good to see you vincent, thanks for coming in.
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beaches the coastguard says a shipwreck could be responsible for a chemical cloud which forced coastline evacuations across east sussex last sunday. beaches between eastbourne and birling gap were evacuated as people complained of streaming eyes, sore throats and vomiting. around 150 people received hospital treatment after experiencing effects from the gas. the former england football captain, wayne rooney, has been charged with drink—driving. the 31 year old retired from international football last week. 0ur correspondent danny savage sent this update from everton's home ground, goodison park. rumours started circulating early this morning wayne rooney had been arrested for drink—driving but it was a few hours later before cheshire police confirmed what had happened. they said just after 2am this morning the 31—year—old footballer was arrested by officers in wilmslow after they stopped him driving a car. a black vw beetle. he
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was arrested at that point. pictures appeared on social media during the evening before hand of him having pictures taken with friends and supporters. he was arrested some hours later. what happens next? he appears before stockport magistrates on the 18th of september, where he can either admit to the charge or he could contest it. he's england's highest profile footballer, now charged with drink—driving, it's undoubtedly going to attract a lot of publicity. danny savage in liverpool. thousands of muggles turned up to kings cross station today to celebrate the start of the new term at harry potter's alma mater — hogwarts. fans counted down to 11 o'clock — the departure time of the hogwarts express, as they queued up to have their photograph taken at the point marking platform 9 and three quarters. it's a particularly special year — as it's the date albus severus potter —
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the youngest son of harry potter would have started at hogwarts. you learn such a lot in that 30 seconds, didn't you! let's catch up with the weather forecast. it has been a fine day to kick start september. there have been some showers. most of those are easing into this evening. some continuing in eastern and south—eastern coastal parts of england. elsewhere, clear skies, light winds, and a chilly night. double figures in the towns and cities. in the countryside it could be cooler, perhaps even ground frost first thing. 0n could be cooler, perhaps even ground frost first thing. on saturday it is looking like a decent day. high pressure in charge. light winds, dry, and sunny. just a few showers cropping up. most likely across parts of eastern england and southern wales. temperatures up to
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18, 20 southern wales. temperatures up to 18,201 southern wales. temperatures up to 18, 201 degrees. it'll feel pleasa nt 18, 201 degrees. it'll feel pleasant with the light winds. rain arrives in the west. 0n pleasant with the light winds. rain arrives in the west. on sunday it will be happy with strong winds across western part of the country. —— temperatures up to 18 to 21 degrees. but we should stay fairly dry into the afternoon. goodbye for now. good evening. this is bbc news. the headlines: gas has suspended nine employees following claims of abuse at an immigration centre. it's thought a former employee — who now works for the home office — has also been suspended cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died — he was the former leader of the roman catholic church in england and wales. it's believed more than 1a00 people have been killed, after catastrophic flooding across south asia. this year's monsoon season has been particularly heavy, and in all around a1 million people have been affected. there have been calls for calm,
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after kenya's supreme court annulled the result of last month's presidential election. it's ordered a new one to take place within 60 days. the incumbent uhuru kenyatta was declared the winner in last month's poll. refuse collectors in birmingham are back on strike, in a long running dispute with the city council over job losses. industrial action was suspended last month after seven weeks of stoppages, but unions now claim the council has gone back on a deal, not to issue redundancy notices. sima kotcha reports. it looks bad and it smells even worse. a bin strike that's been going on for weeks and people here have had enough. itjust smells like a tip. i mean, there's bags just dumped everywhere. rubbish bags which have opened up and just scattered all across the road and we have to walk through it every single day. that smell, it's so awful that you would rather do this
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to yourself than smell it, really, ugh. the council and the refuse workers are arguing about shift patterns, pay and conditions, and job losses. the owners of this fish and chip shop say it's affecting their business. if the bins get ripped then it's a big invite for the rats. and that can smell really bad and it's unhygienic for everybody. people having to walk around and go around, you know. this strike started at the end ofjune. the council claims that it's been costing them around £a0,000 per day to hire agency staff to clean up all this rubbish. then the industrial action was suspended in the middle of august as the two sides held talks to figure out what to do next. then at 7:30am this morning the strike was back on. and that's because the council confirmed last night it would be cutting jobs. the unite union says they won't let that happen and will carry on striking for three hours every day. this is an ideological decision. it's been taken out on the low paid
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by faceless paid officials who earn, frankly, obscene amounts of money. £180,000 a year, and they are asking people on £19,000 to take a cut. it's disgraceful. the council's leader had said there would be no redundancies but he's come under pressure from his cabinet to change his stance because some of them say no job losses are unaffordable. everyone still has a job, who has been given those redundancy notices. they can either have a job at exactly the same level, somewhere else in the council, or they still have a job on the bins. birmingham city council is the largest local authority in europe. the longer this dispute goes on, the more expensive it gets for them and for those on strike. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. sales of the noisiest and most powerful vacuum cleaner are from today, restricted under eu rules. machines using more than 900 watts of power, and emitting more than 80 decibels, will be banned from sale when the existing stocks run out. 0ur environment analyst roger harrabin explains. what used to happen to carpets.
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until london's hoover factory in 193a applied technology to cleaning. voiceover: and at last, the lady can make light of her housework... even men used them, sometimes. a lifetime later, and we have other worries. we're trying to cut emissions from electricity, and keep bills down. so, new eu rules are forcing the most energy—hungry of these machines off the market. cleaners like this sebo automatic gobble 1100 watts. that's too high to meet new european standards, so this model is on its way out. anti—eu campaigners say europe should have no say in the sort of vacuum cleaner that you buy. but experts say households can save a small fortune on electricity bills if only the least efficient machines can be driven off the market. eu efficiency standards
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have improved most of the machines in your kitchen. already, the rules have contributed to a 17% drop in our use of energy. 0ur energy bills are £290 lower than they would be without efficiency improvements. now vacuum cleaners must play their part. people think that if it's a very high wattage than it's going to be a super—duper cleaner, but that's not necessarily the case. manufacturers have known for a long time that this has been coming, so they will have been working very hard on design and technology to make sure that the new generation of vacuum cleaners will come up to the mark. 0n the streets of leeds, opinions are divided. i think it's required, anything that uses less energy is good, obviously. it's ridiculous, i don't believe it. i'll believe it when i see it, anyway. no, i think it'll be a good idea,
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you know, to make it... you know, if it's making it better for people, yeah. and this issue's political. before the brexit referendum, the eu postponed new standards on toasters. the government says it supports energy efficiency, but it won't say if eu rules will still apply after brexit. we'll have to see what pops up. roger harrabin, bbc news. a pensioner couple who were said to have gone wild in a hotel have been charged. staff and guests at the hotel were forced to flee when 72—year—old robert ferguson and his 69—year—old wife, ruth, went on the rampage. he ran naked with a pair of scissors in the public reception and smashed a glass pane.
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she threatened to shoot a staff member. the couple had been drinking. until now, the lentils we enjoy in our dhals and our soups have been imported. but now for the first time, a suffolk—based supplier is working with farmers to produce them in the uk. and they should be available to buy as early as next month, as kate bradbrook reports. lentils are a notoriously difficult crop to grow as farm at tim has been finding out. it has been a case of learning on thejob finding out. it has been a case of learning on the job and now all his ha rd learning on the job and now all his hard work is paying off. it is harvest time. lentils are a low growing crop, which don't produce a high yields. they also need warm, dry conditions in order to write in. the lentils, when they are going through the combine, can spit very easily. so it is a matter of not running the combine too fast. you
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have to have a slow, forward speed because of the amount of green material going through you cannot go too fast, because you jam up the combine. this farm in hertfordshire is one of four in the country to produce the uk's first—ever commercially grown lentils. produce the uk's first—ever commercially grown le ntils.m produce the uk's first—ever commercially grown lentils. if we pick up some stalks, dried stalks, and just rub them. this is imitating the same action a combine will do. blow the trash away. and we have lentils. wow, absolutely tiny. widely produced in countries like canada and india, the challenge for suffolk —based suppliers here has been how to successfully grow them here. we have a maritime climate here. we have a maritime climate here where we tend to get cooler and damp conditions. in canada, in france, it is near the middle of the
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continent, so they get drier, hotter conditions and it is easier to grow. the suppliers believe this will a lwa ys the suppliers believe this will always be a niche crop, but their hope is to help farmers to be less dependent on artificial fertilisers and pesticides. these lentils will go into currys, salads, and pasta dishes, but there is another benefit, the plant leaves behind nitrogen in the soil, a natural fertiliser, which can be used by the next crop. in the next few weeks, these lentils will make their away from field to fork. a uk first produced here in the hertfordshire countryside. an astronomer has captured images of the biggest asteroid to pass close to earth in more than a century. asteroid 3122 florence — which can be seen here crossing the background stars — came within seven million kilometres of our planet earlier today. the space rock measures five kilometres across and is the largest to pass by our planet — this close — since nasa's records of asteroids began. let's talk to the space
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journalist sarah cruddas. presumably you are excited. it is exciting because it is like a space mission coming to us for a change. instead of sending a spacecraft to an asteroid like we are doing at the moment, it comes to us. what is fascinating about space is how little we know. we don't know how many potentially hazardous objects, which this is one, are out there. asteroid florence came around 18 times further away from our moon. but ina times further away from our moon. but in a few hundred years' time it could hit earth if it comes closer. we don't know about the effects of asteroids, which is the effect of the sun on the asteroid's orbit changing the way it moves around. asteroids are difficult to predict. asteroids are difficult to predict. asteroids were the reason why the
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dinosaurs went, as well. you said much more. but this one is quite big, isn't it? asteroids are much smaller compared to planets. but this is a rather large asteroid. the largest one since we have been monitoring these to come this close to earth. if they want in a a0 year event. we are showing these images. are there any other scientists might get a ccess are there any other scientists might get access to which might be clearer, which might tell them more about it? the asteroid has it -- had its closest path this morning. almost like how you measure the bottom of the ocean with a radar. that is what scientists are doing. when an asteroid comes close we can do the exciting science which normally we would have to send a spacecraft to an asteroid to do. scientists will be studying these images, using radar, and continuing to do so to study the asteroid over the next few days to work out its exact shape and size. that helps with another piece in the jigsaw
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puzzle of asteroids around our solar system. and potentially preventing a potentially hazardous objects colliding with us. clearly a good plan. we saw the images. would many people have been able to see it as it flew by? you wouldn't be able to look up into the sky like you can see the moon. quite a small telescope looking south, there is potential there. some amateur astronomer groups have been able to do that. in terms ofjust looking up, we are not that lucky, u nfortu nately. up, we are not that lucky, unfortunately. thanks very much. how long could you sit covered in bees? well a man in canada has set a new world record. juan carlos noguez 0rtiz broke the previous record of 53 minutes and 3a seconds — sitting with bees sat on his face for 61 minutes. he was only stung twice is said to be ‘buzzing' after breaking the record. ten people have been suspended
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after accusations of abuse and assaults at an immigration centre run by gas. cardinal cormac murphy—o'connor, the former archbishop of westminster, has died at the age of 85. kenya's supreme court has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, and ordered a new one to be held within 60 days. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day.

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